Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to sign Medicaid expansion law

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is celebrating her victory in a bruising fight over her Medicaid expansion plan by holding a signing ceremony for the law authorizing the program.

The Republican governor is gathering some of the lawmakers from both parties who voted for the law to the ceremony Monday morning. Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate fought the proposal bitterly for months but the Legislature's Democrats and some Republicans teamed up to approve the law.

The expansion is a signature part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law but is optional for states. Brewer fought the law but agreed to add more than 300,000 poor Arizonans to the program after the Supreme Court found it was constitutional.

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